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  • Favorite movies
    The Station Agent, Lars and the Real Girl, 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 days, Magnolia, Trainspotting, Rushmore, I Heart Huckabees, Amelie, Etre et Avoir (To Be and To Have), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lost in Translation, The Up Series, Andrei Roublev, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Napoleon Dynamite, Dogville, The Idiots, The Son, etc etc....
  • Favorite music
    Sufjan Stevens, Iron and Wine, Damien Jurado, Belle and Sebastien, The Go! Team, Beirut, Van Morrison, Marc Cohn, Hem, Ray LaMontagne, Pedro the Lion, Sigur Ros, Antlers, The Postal Service, The Twilight Sad, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Bill Callahan, Neutral Milk Hotel, The National, Josh Ritter, Max Richter, Fredrik, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dan Deacon, Bon Iver, Beck, BARR, Andrew Bird
  • Favorite creative writing
    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Annie Dillard, Travelling Mercies - Anne Lamott, Silence - Shusako Endo, Orthodoxy - G.K. Chesterton, The Little Prince - Antoine de St. Exupery, The Giggler Treatment - Roddy Doyle, Lord of the Rings, Walking on Water - Madeleine L'Engle, The Christian Mind - Harry Blamires, Trickster Makes This World - Lewis Hyde, Pobby and Dingan - Ben Rice,
  • Favorite visual art
    Miranda July, Guy Ben-Ner, Tim Etchells, Erwin Wurm, John Wood and Paul Harrison, Christian Jankowski, Oliver Herring. David Shrigley, Nedko Solakov, Walton Ford, Andy Goldsworthy
  1. yank_eh

    Westworld--TV Show

    1) Maybe I was less forgiving because I binged the season in ~3 days, but about halfway through I found almost everyone really annoying. I haven't figured out if it was the acting, the writing, the direction, or something else. I'm leaning toward the direction. Whatever the case, I'm really glad they got Anthony Hopkins (even if it seems a slightly tired role for him); his is the only performance I really admired. 2) That all said, I'm surprised your take was so much more positive, and I'm curious which you think is the one exception! Only one?? Logan? Sylvester? Felix Lutz? Sizemore? Theresa? Charlotte? (I'm only guessing humans because it's harder to disparage someone playing a robot--performances that are "off" seem to fit a little better) By the end of the season, it felt like all the worst tendencies of J.J. Abrams and M. Night Shyamalan were being indulged hard. Huge disappointment since the premise is solid and there was so much potential. I even agree it veered pretty close to greatness at times, even despite the performances/direction.
  2. Some interesting thoughts here on Borat's 10th anniversary and its relationship to the current Trump-influenced cultural / political climate. And on satire's inevitable "Now what?" question and the increasing tendency of shows like Last Week Tonight to end with a Call To Action.
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    Show Me a Hero

    Anybody else watched this yet? I loved it. Isaac was superb, imo, and there were plenty of other very good performances, although the parade of Wire actors was a bit distracting at times for me. Their familiarity worked against what Zoller Seitz draws attention to above. I was able to care for the (what would normally be) auxiliary characters to the extent that they felt like real people; every Wire face was a too-hard-to-ignore reminder that they were not.
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    Future Islands

    I was surprised to see no one talking about this performance here. I can't stop watching it. http://youtu.be/1Ee4bfu_t3c I can't remember a front-man performance as mesmerizing as this. Part of the fun for me (and friends) is trying to come up with adequate hybrid descriptions: Tom Jones + Henry Rollins + a pigeon Carlton (from Fresh Prince of Bel Air) + Kevin Spacey + Beelzebub Rick Astley + Burt Reynolds + Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons) William Shatner + Tom Waits + Aerobics Instructor How can a single song/performance bring together so many disparate influences/references/connotations and make it work?! The music, sans vocals, is pretty straightforward pop/electronic but throw in Samuel T. Herring and I can't help thinking of Las Vegas, the 80s, Death Metal (or whatever subgenre...I can't keep them straight), etc., etc. The new album and the one before are good, too. PS - I love how enthused Dave is afterward!
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    The Place Beyond The Pines

    Anyone have any thoughts on the significance of the title?
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    Vote: the 2014 A&F Top 25 Theme

    Me three.
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    Best Albums From the First Half of 2013

    Some might argue Electronic Music (insofar as it is a genre) could compete for that title. Baths Bibio Boards of Canada Bonobo Disclosure DJ Koze James Blake Jon Hopkins Atoms for Peace Daft Punk That's a really good batch of albums.
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    Best Albums From the First Half of 2013

    Here are a bunch of albums I like a lot, so far: Junip - Junip The National - Trouble Will Find Me Alpoko Don - The Ol' Soul EP Josh Ritter - The Beast in its Tracks Ballake Sissoko - At Peace Baths - Obsidian Bonobo - The North Borders Rhye - Woman Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg (My guilty pleasure. I suspect the pleasure will diminish with time but I like this candy right now.) Foxygen - We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic Olafur Arnalds - For Now I am Winter Want/need to listen more: The Uncluded, Parquet Courts, Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer, My Bloody Valentine, Torres, Jon Hopkins, Laura Marling, Olafur Arnalds, Glenn Jones, Laura Mvula, Hiss Golden Messenger, Colin Stetson, Frightened Rabbit, Phosphorescent, Jason Isbell, Mikal Cronin, Sam Amidon, Shigeto, These New Puritans, Cayucas, Looking forward to: Damien Jurado, Arcade Fire, Ebony Bones, Volcano Choir, Lowland Hum, The Dodos, Bill Callahan,
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    Kanye West - Yeezus

    Official release is tomorrow. I just wanted a place to share this -- http://storify.com/kevangilbert/what-yeezus-says -- and there didn't appear to be an existing thread.
  10. SDG, would you mind sharing a URL to your final list?
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    Last Minute Chicago Meet Up?

    Thanks for the replies, guys. I'll try to remember to post sooner next time I'm out your way.
  12. Anybody in Chicago? Wish I'd thought of this earlier since I fly out tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 24), but I have a little time in the afternoon to grab a beer or whatever. Anybody interested? I'm staying near O'hare but have a car so can go wherever. Even if you can't or don't want to, I'm curious if there are even any A+Fers in the area. Cheers.
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    The Best Music of 2012

    My 2012 favorites in alphabetical order, which works out well because the first two are in a league of their own and I don't want to rank the rest: Alt-J - An Awesome Wave Anais Mitchell - Young Man in America Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe Damien Jurado - Maraqopa Father John Misty - Fear Fun Japandroids - Celebration Rock JBM - Stray Ashes mewithoutYou - Ten Stories Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again Stealing Sheep - Into the Diamond Sun Some honorable mentions: Cat Power, Sarah Jaffe, Boom Bip and Charlie White, Max Richter, Kanaku y el Tigre, Old Time Machine
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    What board games have you been playing lately?

    I'll second 7 Wonders. Haven't played Android but recently played Infiltration, which is a spin-off and it was pretty enjoyable. Played Lord of the Rings (or maybe it was the hobbit version) once and it was alright but not my cup of tea. Here are a few more that I've been playing that I just added to the Favorite Board Games thread: Snake Oil (4 - 9 players)(more of a party game than a "board" game) - Similar to Apples to Apples, in that you choose word-cards from your hand and are trying to get your selection chosen by the player who is "it" this round, but instead of just needing to have the card(s) fit the indicated theme, you are trying to sell a new product to the "it" person who is given a role. They might be a dictator or a priest or Santa Claus and you make your selection based on what that character might buy. So if the "It" is a Cave Man, from my hand of Finger, Hell, Gas, Future, Shield, Urge, Soap, I might choose to sell him a product called "Soap Urge," which I might define as some pharmaceutical that promotes impulses toward cleanliness, "Because soap is useless, if you don't want to use it." The Cave Man (or whatever) would hear the pitches from all the players and then choose from among them whom to award the point. There is definitely a performative element, so it's not a game that will work with all crowds but with the right people it can be hilarious. Repello (2 - 4 players) - My wife and I are always on the lookout for games that are good with 2 players. Bonus points if we can play it over dinner. This one fits the bill. It's still fairly new to us so we'll see if it has staying power but so far so good. Quick to learn but leaves plenty of room to improve. I believe it's Mensa endorsed, which is usually a really good sign for abstract strategy games (some other favorites are Blokus and Quarto) Love Letter (2 - 4 players) - Super simple to learn, quick to play, lots of fun.